Yankees move struggling Tyler Clippard out of 7th inning role

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 12: New York Yankees pitcher Tyler Clippard (29) in action during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, on June 12, 2017, played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he has moved right-hander Tyler Clippard out of the seventh inning role and will give more chances to fellow righties Adam Warren and Chad Green, according to Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch.

Clippard has been brutal this season.

The 32-year-old has made 38 relief appearances, going 1-5 with a 5.24 ERA, his lowest mark since his rookie year with the Yankees back in 2007.

While he has only allowed 26 hits while also striking out 42 batters in 34.1 innings of work, he has issued 19 walks and has coughed up seven home runs.

Clippard got off to a strong start this season, but fell apart in June, pitching to the tune of an 11.17 ERA over 12 relief outings. His struggles have continued in July, as the Lexington, Ky., native has already allowed four runs in 2.2 frames of action.

New York acquired Clippard from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the trade deadline last season.

He originally came up in the Yankees’ farm system, but was promptly dealt to the Washington Nationals in December 2007.

Clippard made two All-Star teams during his seven years with the Nationals and developed into one of the best relievers in the game.

Since leaving Washington after the 2015 campaign, Clippard has played for the Oakland Athletics and the New York Mets in addition to the Diamondbacks and Yankees.

Warren has made 28 relief appearances for New York this season and has been very effective, recording a 1.98 ERA across 36.2 innings.

Green has come out of the bullpen 18 times, registering a 1.80 ERA over 35 frames. He has struck out 47 batters over that span.

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